Tetyana Shippee PhD » Faculty

Research Interests:Social gerontology; research methods; medical sociology; health disparities, long-term care services and supports

Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management

Address Division of Health Policy & Management 420 Delaware Street SE, D371 Mayo MMC 729 Minneapolis MN 55455 Work Phone: 612-626-3065
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Tetyana Shippee’s research focuses on two main topics: 1) long-term care and aging and 2) racial disparities in health and health care. Key concepts in my work include cumulative inequality theory, which I co-authored (Ferraro and Shippee 2009), and patient-centered measures, including quality of life and social engagement. As part of my work on quality of life in long-term care settings, I lived in a Continuing Care Retirement Community for two years, using intensive qualitative methods to study transitions between levels of care and resident adjustment.

  • Dual-Title Ph.D., Sociology and Gerontology, Purdue University, 2008
  • M.S., Sociology; minor, Gerontology, Purdue University, 2005
  • Jurist, Civil Law, Precarpathian National University, Ukraine, 2004
  • B.A., Sociology, Lee University, 2003


Aging / Long-Term Care, Health Disparities, Measures, Quality of Life, Quality of Care, Women’s Health

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. 2010 – present
  • Graduate Faculty, Center on Aging and the Life Course, Gerontology Minor, University of Minnesota. 2010-present
  • Research Associate, Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue University. 2008-2010
  • Graduate Student Instructor, Department of Sociology, Purdue University. 2006-2008
  • Research Assistant, Center on Aging and the Life Course and Department of Sociology, Purdue University. 2003-2007. Assisted Professor Kenneth F. Ferraro


  • Best Paper Abstract Award from Academy Health Long Term Care Supports and Services Interest Group, 2014
  • Multicultural Research Award from the University of Minnesota Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA), 2014
  • Best Poster Award from the Clinical and Translational Sciences, University of Minnesota, 2013
  • Clinical and Translational Sciences Career Award, (KL2), University of Minnesota (UMN CTSI), 2011-2014
  • Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies, Center on Aging, University of Minnesota, 2011-2012
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA) Summer Institute on Aging Research Trainee, July 2011
  • Ruth Weg Emerging Scholar Award, Sigma Phi Omega- National Academic Honor Society in Gerontology, May2008
  • Best Graduate Student Paper, American Sociological Association, Section on Aging and the Life Course, August 2008
  • Purdue Research Foundation Summer Grant, April 2008
  • Best Paper Award, with Kenneth F. Ferraro, “Theoretical Developments in Social Gerontology,” Gerontological Society of America, November 2007


Selected Publications:

  • Shippee, T.P., Hwanhee, H., Henning-Smith, C., Kane, R.L. 2014. “Longitudinal Changes in Nursing Home-Resident Reported Quality of Life and its Policy Implications.” Research on Aging 1-26.
  • Gaugler, J.E., Yu, F., Davila, H.W., and Shippee, T.P. 2014. “Alzheimer’s Disease in Nursing Homes.” Health Affairs 33 (4): 650-657.
  • Shippee, Tetyana P., Henning-Smith, Carrie, Kane, Robert L., Lewis, Teresa. 2014. “Resident and Facility Predictors of Quality of Life in Long-Term Care.” The Gerontologist. E-pub.  doi: 10.1093/geront/gnt148
  • Shippee, Tetyana P., Kozhimannil, K.B., Rowan, K., and Virnig, B. 2014. “Racial Disparities in Receiving Immediate Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy: The Role of Insurance.” Women’s Health Issues, 24 (3): e261-e269.  NIHMS 576150.
  • Shippee, Tetyana P., Henning-Smith, Carrie, Shippee, Nathan D., Kemmick Pintor, Jessie, Call, Kathleen, McAlpine, Donna, & Johnson, Pamela J. 2013. “Discrimination in Medical Settings and Attitudes toward Complementary and Alternative Medicine: The Role of Distrust in Conventional Providers.” Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 6(1): 30-45.
  • Lum, Terry Y., Parashuram, Shriram, Shippee, Tetyana Pylypiv, Wysocki, Andrea, Shippee, Nathan, Homyak, Patricia, and Kane, Robert. 2013. “Diagnosed Prevalence and Health Care Expenditures of Mental Health Disorders among Dual Eligible Older People.” The Gerontologist, 53 (2): 334-344.
  • Kozhimannil, Katy B., Shippee, Tetyana P., Adegoke, Sola, and Virnig, Beth. 2013. “Trends in Hospital-Based Childbirth Care: The Role of Health Insurance.” American Journal of Managed Care, 19(4):125-132.
  • Henning-Smith, Carrie, Shippee, Tetyana P., McAlpine, Donna, Hardeman, Rachel, and Farah, Fah. 2013. “Differences in Self-Reported Mental Health between US-born and Foreign-Born Black Americans: Stigma, Discrimination, or Symptomatology?” American Journal of Public Health, 103(5): 861-867.
  • Shippee, Tetyana P., Schafer, Markus H., and Ferraro, Kenneth F. 2012. “Beyond the Barriers: Does Racial Discrimination Increase Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine?” Social Science and Medicine, 74(8): 1155-1162. 
  • Shippee, Tetyana P., Wilkinson, Lindsay R. and Ferraro, Kenneth F. 2012. “Accumulated Financial Strain and Women’s Health Over Three Decades.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 67(5): 585-594. 
  • Wilkinson, Lindsay R., Shippee, Tetyana P., and Ferraro, Kenneth F. 2012. “Does Occupational Mobility Influence Health Among Working Women? Comparing Objective and Subjective Measures of Work Trajectories.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 53(4): 432-447.
  • Shippee, Tetyana P. 2012. “On the Edge: Balancing Health, Participation, and Autonomy to Maintain Active Independent Living in Two Retirement Facilities.” Journal of Aging Studies 26:1-15.
  • Shippee, Tetyana P., Lindsay Rinaldo, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2012. “ Mortality Risk Among Black and White Working Women: The Role of Perceived Work Trajectories.” Journal of Aging and Health 24:141-167. 
  • Shippee, Tetyana P., Kenneth F. Ferraro, and Roland J. Thorpe. 2011. “Racial Disparities in Access to Cardiac Care Units Over 20 Years.” Ethnicity and Health 16(2):145-165.
  • Shippee, Tetyana P.. 2009. “But I am Not Moving: Transitions in a Continuing Care Retirement Community.” The Gerontologist 49:418-427.
  • Ferraro, Kenneth F. and Tetyana Pylypiv Shippee. 2009. “Aging and Cumulative Inequality: How Does Inequality Get Under the Skin?” The Gerontologist 49:333-343.